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of course , very much .Noone should suffer any property or bodily injury , because a driver wants to have "fun" on a road section 

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https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/134177/citroen-denies-budget-cuts-will-hurt-wrc-team

In some ways he has a point. If M-Sport can win both titles on a much smaller budget, then it's not down to money. But at the same time, if the car got designed wrong from the start then it's going to take a bit of money spent on redeveloping it. Let's hope Citroen can get some success this year or the next so they don't pull out completely.

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http://www.m-sport.co.uk/m-sport-news/fiesta-rs-wrc/serderidis-steps-up-to-fiesta-wrc-for-germany-and-australia

So Serderidis for the two events that were left open on the calendar for them. Guess that means Suninen won't get any more outings this year.

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I guess Wales Rally will have some interesting stages next years :)

http://www.crash.net/wrc/news/889295/1/wales-rally-gb-gains-boost-closedroads-legislation

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Sweet! I'm looking forward to Wales this year. Now with Evens as one of the main M-Sport Drivers they should be in good shape for the event.

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Looks like Rally Sweden will be nice and cold this year, and we got lots of snow :-D Fast rally coming up!

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Dytut said:
Looks like Rally Sweden will be nice and cold this year, and we got lots of snow :-D Fast rally coming up!
About time!






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I just realised there were no DJI drones filming at Monte this year. Anyone knows if they'll be back for Sweden? Hope so, they provided great footage...

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So since we're supposed to expect the unexpected, I think it's much too expected to see the Toyotas dominate in Sweden. I think the most surprising thing will be that the Citroëns will hit the setup jackpot with the predictable conditions and Meeke will take a suprise win.

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Dytut said:
I think the most surprising thing will be that the Citroëns will hit the setup jackpot with the predictable conditions and Meeke will take a suprise win.
Not sure if I'd class that as "surprising" or "miraculous"...

...I really hope Citroen can fix the C3 though. It's so frustrating seeing Meeke in a permanent seat, but fighting with the car! 

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Oh boy oh boy, 100% going.

http://rallyestonia.com/hyundai-motorsport-to-start-at-shell-helix-rally-estonia/
They're going to use this as a test for Finland, I'm not surprised because last year the performance of Hyundai there was not good. Also, the title sponsor of the rally is the same of Hyundai Motorsport so this helps. It will be interesting fo Estonian fans to see a WRC+ in action...

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Went to see Neuville do local rally here in finland (Autoglym rally) last summer, it was great first taste of the new 2017 wrc's before going to neste rally few weeks later. Hope they can get some valuable testing out of the rally next summer. 


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gheeD said:
Went to see Neuville do local rally here in finland (Autoglym rally) last summer, it was great first taste of the new 2017 wrc's before going to neste rally few weeks later. Hope they can get some valuable testing out of the rally next summer. 


There is something about plain white cars  o:)

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I agree. I love white cars. They look clean and pretty at the same time. One of my favorites is the 2007 Subaru STi. Looks so good!

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SamRWD said:
Apparently Solberg will do Sweden in WRC car according to rumors!
Henning with Mads Fiesta WRC 2017 version and Peter Solberg in historic class with Ford Escort RS1800. Also Lorenzo Bertelli in his Fiesta WRC 2017

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Unfortunately Bertelli has withdrawn from Rally Sweden.
http://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/february-2018/bertelli-withdraws/page/5204--12-12-.html

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there has been few different views  and it depends how much fresh snow there will be. With lot of snow, starting back in the line would be beneficial, around 7th or so. Then again, with highspeed stages, first runners could clean up snowbanks in the curves so you can't really use them anymore. I bet 5-6-7 are optimal starting positions.

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Switching between a Swedish channel and the WRC live coverage on my projector. The picture quality on WRC.com is absolutely atrocious. Pixelated compressed mess compared to the TV channel.

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Ouch. It wasn't only Ogier being grumpy this morning.

"The organizers can go screw themselves" - Ott Tänak after SS3 wasnt too happy about the lack of plowing.

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bogani said:
Ouch. It wasn't only Ogier being grumpy this morning.

"The organizers can go screw themselves" - Ott Tänak after SS3 wasnt too happy about the lack of plowing.
It had to be really bad thou. If you look at the splt 3 he lost +2.4s to Mikkelsen, splt4 already  +9.6s and in the stage end +18.6s. Overall classification - from SS3 2nd +2.4 down from Thierry, ss4 +19.4s from Thierry.  With last 6km atleast 15s lost thanks to deep snow. 

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